Re: Event listener confusion

Ian Hickson wrote:
> I've made that clearer. Please let me know if it's clear enough.

Looks reasonable, thanks.

> Yeah... the idea is that in JS the only way to provide an EventListener is 
> to provide a Function.

That's not necessarily true, though...

> This is still a somewhat vaguely defined area, I'm 
> mostly waiting for the DOM Bindings spec to stabilise so that I can define 
> this more tightly.


>> For example, in some UAs it's possible to assign a String to 
>> document.body.onclick, and it won't affect the click handlers for the 
>> body... I'm not sure how much compat there is across UAs here.
> Not sure what you mean here.

   document.body.onclick = 'alert("test")';

In Gecko (1.8 and 1.9), this sets document.body.onlick to the string 
'alert("test")'.  No event handler is added for the click event, as far as I can 

In Opera 9.25, this sets document.body.onclick to a Function object which 
decompiles to:


This Function object is then treated as would any Function object assigned to 

In Safari 3.1, this sets document.body.onclick to null, as far as I can tell.

I don't have IE on hand to test, unfortunately.  Given the above, I'd almost lay 
money on it doing something none of those three UAs do.  ;)

Clearly, interoperability here is ... somewhat lacking.  None of those three 
results are what I'd expect given the IDL, though.  I'd expect an exception when 
the String literal cannot be converted to an EventListener.

I'm not even sure what the right thing to specify here is, much less what the 
right way to express it in IDL is, to be honest.


Received on Thursday, 10 April 2008 07:24:28 UTC